These images from Italian architecture magazine Abitare are some of the most terrifying I have ever seen. But I must say that the aesthetic of the magazine is quite beautiful, don’t you think? I found myself staring at these images a long time, partly because of the fear-factor, but also because they were so intriguing.

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The bldgblog has a really good write-up on the portaledge from an architectural perspective.

(images courtesy of Abitare)

I think the reason we find ourselves attracted to the portaledge is the same reason that, as kids, we loved the idea of a tree house; a physical extension of your dwelling in a location where normally it could not exist. Of course, the whole side-of-a-mountain thing adds an entirely new level of excitement to it!

(via bldgblog)